14 March 2020

  Major Philip T. Rougeux
  Troop D Commander


 On March 17, 2020, Kodi M. Napolitano, age 27 from Mattydale, NY turned himself into State Police this morning.  He is charged with Assault 2nd degree (D felony), Obstructing Governmental Administration (A misdemeanor), Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer 3rd degree (A misdemeanor), and Reckless Driving.  He was transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center for centralized arraignment

On March 14, 2020, State Police were conducting a stationary sobriety checkpoint on the I-81 northbound off-ramp to 7th North St. in the town of Salina when, shortly after midnight,  a male driver, later identified as Kodi M. Napolitano, entered the checkpoint operating a black Hummer H3 vehicle.

An odor of marijuana was detected emanating from the vehicle, and Napolitano was instructed to pull his truck to the side of the road for further investigation.  Trooper John Zayas approached and directed Napolitano to exit his vehicle.  As Tpr. Zayas grasped the driver’s side door handle, Napolitano abruptly accelerated, dragging Tpr. Zayas for a short distance and causing injury.  Multiple State Police units attempted to stop Napolitano as he fled towards 7th North Street but were unable to, due to his reckless driving. 

A short time later, an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy located the suspect vehicle, unoccupied, in front of a residence on Viking Place in the town of Salina.  The homeowner is acquainted with Napolitano and is cooperating with the police.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 27-year-old Kodi M. Napolitano. Trooper Zayas was transported to Upstate University Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.



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